'Gold' An alchemical adventure.A play by Andrew Dallmeyer
Act II. Scene 6.
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SCENE 6 Seton's house (Seton sits in front of the fire, which is now lit.) ANN Did you know that Mister Hadden had died since you have been away? SETON Mm? ANN Mister Hadden. SETON What of him? ANN He has died only lately. Do you listen to nothing of what I say? SETON I am sorry Ann. (Pause) ANN Andrew Craig is now weddit too. To Mister Henderson's eldest daughter. I cannot rightly remember her name. Can you? SETON Mm? No I am afraid that I cannot. ANN What is the use? I might just as well be talking to the cowshed wall! SETON I am sorry, my dear, but I am somewhat distractit. ANN You must find yourself some amusement Alexander. You cannot sit here day after day for you will start to fester and rot. There are plenty of small jobs which are requiring attention. SETON I am afraid that I am no longer of much value, Ann, having neither the use of my hands nor my feet. ANN You must exercise your hands and your feet Alexander. Only thus may you gain your old skills back. (Pause) You remember the meinister? SETON Mm? ANN Meinister Wardlaw. SETON I do indeed. ANN He went off to another parish but a few weeks after you had left Port Seton. SETON Really? It all seems so long ago. ANN The kirk is much changeit in attitude now. The practice of alchemy is no longer considerit to be such a serious crime. (Pause) That night when he callit round, he never returnit. I think he was but trying to frighten you. I still have all your vials and your vessels storit in the hallway. See, I will fetch them. Perhaps you may consider to use them again. SETON I fear that I no longer have the desire. ANN You may change your mind. See, I will fetch them. (Exit Ann. She returns a few seconds later with a box full of pots etc. She places it by the fire.) ANN Well, it is there if you want it. I must go now to fetch the children. I will not be long away. SETON Where are they gone Ann? ANN Who? SETON The children. ANN I have already told you Alexander. They are gone to Jeane Glassfurd's. Do you listen to nothing of what I say? (She goes out. Seton stares at the box long and hard. Then, with great difficulty, he picks up the crucible and places it over the fire. Slowly, he places more pots around the fireplace.) SETON Now, to begin again. At the beginning. Is herebye undertaken in the year of our Lord sixteen hundred and two, attempt at transmutation number one. What a long hard road stretches before me. What a long, hard road. (Slowly he starts to work once more) First purge mercury with salt and vinegar. (The lights fade.)
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